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Perham Spring Fling hits the courts on Saturday

While the NCAA just concluded its version of March Madness with the conference tournaments and whittling down the field to the Final Four, Perham will be hosting its own version of basketball madness with the annual Perham Spring Fling Youth Bask...

While the NCAA just concluded its version of March Madness with the conference tournaments and whittling down the field to the Final Four, Perham will be hosting its own version of basketball madness with the annual Perham Spring Fling Youth Basketball Tournaments.

More than 110 games and 70 teams will take to the basketball courts at the Prairie Wind Middle School, the Perham Area Community Center and the Heart of the Lakes Elementary School on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3.

The tournament has been running for 21 years in Perham, since boys basketball head coach Dave Cresap took the reins of the program.

 In the past, the tournament has brought in teams from more than 500 miles away.

“With a lot of the tournaments not filling up around the area, because they are saturated with so many tournaments, ours is really doing well,” Cresap said. “I’m very happy with it. This year, we will end up with 70 teams, which is up eight or nine teams from last year.”

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Cresap started the tournament as a way to help build up the youth basketball program in Perham. He had experience running tournaments in North Dakota and brought that with him when he became the head coach in Perham.

“I thought we would stick in that 32 team range, but we have been anywhere from 60 to 85 teams,” Cresap said. “It has been a really good ride for us. We have good facilities and try to do the best job that we can. I think we have done it right, yes there is always room for improvement. We want to get those suggestions from anyone; it can be from someone in town or out of town. We will try to make it the best that we can.”

The tournament is for youth basketball teams in second grade through ninth grade. Many of the tournaments feature 10 team brackets, while some feature eight teams and one tournament is a six team round robin event.

“Most of the teams this year are 10 team brackets. I could have added more and had 14 or 15 in some of the divisions, but we had already started on the brackets,” Cresap said. “Every team is guaranteed three games, but the majority get four and some get five games. For their fee, they get a lot of games for their money. Most of the teams have been happy.”

This year, the tournament has drawn in teams from Kindred, Horace and Fargo in North Dakota, while drawing in teams such as Minnewaska, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Osakis and Hawley amongst others from Minnesota.

“We have a wide variety of teams. Minnewaska really supports our tournament, so I tell people that we have to support the teams that support our tournaments,” Cresap said. “We will be doing that in the future for a lot of these schools that support us.”

Cresap hopes to continue to build the tournament up moving forward with the future expansion of gym space in Perham.

“We have some big plans in place,” Cresap said. “We want to make it a really big experience. One thing I would like to do is to play all the championships on a main floor so all the people could watch these kids perform.”

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Cresap added that the tournament not only impacts the game of basketball, but also the city of Perham as well.

“The city of Perham really promotes this tournament, and we continue offering the teams a great experience,” Cresap said. “I feel it will be in place for years to come. It really helps out all the businesses in town because of all the people it brings to town.”

Cresap appreciates the support from the Backcourt Club, Brian Schwantz, Jameson Miller and the number of volunteers, who help run the tournament.

“It’s a big thing. People don’t realize how big 70 teams coming in is,” Cresap said. “It’s a thing I really, really enjoy doing. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I’d keep doing it in Perham because I think it helps the community, too.”

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. on April 2 and concludes on April 3.

Second Grade
April 3

Time Game Location
11 a.m. Perham vs. Barnesville HOTL
11 a.m. Staples vs. Lake Park-Audobun PACC 3
1 p.m. Perham vs. Staples HOTL
1 p.m. Barnesville vs. LPA PACC 3
3 p.m. Perham vs. LPA HOTL
3 p.m. Staples vs. Barnesville PACC 3

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Third Grade
April 2

Time Game Location
9 a.m. Perham vs. Battle Lake PACC 3-Game 1
9 a.m. DGF Black vs. Kindred HOTL-Game 4
10 a.m. Barnesville vs. Alexandria PACC 3-Game 2
10 a.m. Detroit Lakes vs. Barnesville HOTL 3-Game 3
9 a.m. DGF Black vs. Kindred HOTL-Game 4
11 a.m. Winner 1 vs. Minnewaska PACC 3-Game 5
11 a.m. Winner 4 vs. Moorhead HOTL-Game 6
12 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 3 1-Game 9
12 p.m. Loser 3 vs. Loser 4 HOTL-Game 10
1 p.m. Winner 5 vs. Winner 2 PACC 3-Game 8
1 p.m. Winner 6 vs. Winer 3 PACC 3-Game 11
3 p.m. Winner 10 vs. Loser 5 HOTL-Game 12
2 p.m. Loser 9 vs. Loser 10 HOTL-Fifth Consolation
4 p.m. Winner 8 vs. Winer 7 PACC 2-Championship
4 p.m. Loser 8 vs. Loser 7 HOTL-Third Place
5 p.m. Winner 11 vs. Winner 12 PACC 3- Consolation
5 p.m. Loser 11 vs. Loser 12 HOTL-Third Consolation

Fourth Grade
April 3

Time Game Location
12 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Fighting Eagles Red PACC 3-Game 1
12 p.m. Perham vs. Hawley White PACC 1-Game 2
12 p.m. Horace vs. Fighting Eagles White PACC 2-Game 3
12 p.m. Hawley Maroon vs. Osakis HOTL-Game 4
1 p.m. Winner 1 vs. Wahpeton PWMS 1-Game 5
3 p.m. Winner 2 vs. Winner 3 PWMS 1-Game 8
3 p.m. Winner 4 vs. Winner 5 PWMS 2-Game 9
3 p.m. Loser 4 vs. Loser 3 PACC 1-Game 7
3 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 2-Game 6
6 p.m. Winner 8 vs. Winner 9 PWMS 1-Game 15- Champion
6 p.m. Loser 8 vs. Loser 9 PWMS 2-Game 13-Third Place
6 p.m. Winner 6 vs. Loser 5 PACC 2-Game 10
6 p.m. Loser 6 vs. Loser 7 PACC 1-Game 11
7 p.m. Winner 11 vs. Loser 10 HOTL-Game 14-Third Consolation
7 p.m. Winner 7 vs. Winner 10 PACC 3- Game 12-Consolation

Fifth Grade
April 2

Time Game Location
9 a.m. Perham vs. Hawley PWMS 1-Game 1
9 a.m. Pelican Rapids vs. Minnewaska PACC 1-Game 4
11 a.m. Fargo Thunder vs. DGF PACC 1- Game 2
11 a.m. Hawley vs. Barnesville PACC 2-Game 3
11 a.m. Winner 1 vs. Waubun PWMS 1-Game 5
11 a.m. Winner 4 vs. Fargo Blazers PWMS 2-Game 6
1 p.m. Winner 6 vs. Winner 3 PACC 2-Game 7
1 p.m. Winner 2 vs. Winner 5 PWMS 1-Game 8
2 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 1-Game 9
2 p.m. Loser 3 vs. Loser 4 PACC 2-Game 10
3 p.m. Winner 9 vs. Loser 6 PWMS 2-Game 11
3 p.m. Winner 10 vs. Loser 5 PWMS 1-Game 12
3 p.m. Loser 11 vs. Loser 12 PACC 3-Game 14-Third Consolation
3 p.m. Loser 8 vs. Loser 7 PWMS 1-Game 15-Third Place
4 p.m. Winner 8 vs. Winner 7 PWMS 2-Game 17-Championship
4 p.m. Loser 9 vs. Lower 10 PACC 3-Game 13-Fifth Consolation
6 p.m. Winner 11 vs. Winner 12 PACC 3-Game 16-Consolation

Sixth Grade
April 3

Time Game Location
12 p.m. Perham vs. Brandon-Evansville PWMS 1-Game 1
12 p.m. Breck St. Marys vs. Fergus Falls PWMS 2-Game 4
1 p.m. West Fargo Tundra vs. Wahpeton PACC 1-Game 2
1 p.m. Detroit Lakes vs. Waubun PACC 2-Game 3
2 p.m. Winner 1 vs. Minnewaska PACC 3- Game 5
2 p.m. Winner 4 vs. West Fargo Blazers HOTL-Game 6
4 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 3-Game 9
4 p.m. Loser 3 vs. Loser 4 HOTL-Game 10
5 p.m. Winner 5 vs. Winner 2 PWMS 1-Game 8
5 p.m. Winner 3 vs. Winner 6 PWMS 2-Game 7
5 p.m. Winner 9 vs. Loser 6 PACC 2-Game 11
5 p.m. Winner 10 vs. Loser 5 PACC 1-Game 12
5 p.m. Loser 9 vs. Loser 10 PACC 3-Game 13-Fifth Consolation
7 p.m. Winner 8 vs. Winner 7 PWMS 1-Game 17-Championship
7 p.m. Loser 8 vs. Loser 7 PWMS 2-Game 15-Third Place
7 p.m. Winner 11 vs. Winner 12 PACC 1-Game 16-Consolation Champ
7 p.m. Loser 11 vs. Loser 12 PACC 2-Game 14-Third Consolation

 

Seventh Grade
April 2

Time Game Location
8 a.m. Perham vs. Hawley PWMS 1-Game 1
8 a.m. DGF vs. Pelican Rapids PWMS 2-Game 4
10 a.m. Barnesville vs. Battle Lake PACC 2-Game 2
10 a.m. Pequot lakes vs. Minnewaska PACC 2-Game 3
10 a.m. P.L. White vs. Winner 1 PWMS-1 Game 5
10 a.m. West Fargo vs. Winner 4 PWMS 2- Game 6
12 p.m. Winner 6 vs. Winner 3 PWMS 2-Game 7
12 p.m. Winner 5 vs. Winner 2 PWMS 1-Game 8
12 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 1-Game 9
12 p.m. Loser 3 vs. Loser 4 PACC 2-Game 10
1 p.m. Winner 9 vs. Loser 6 PWMS 2-Game 11
1 p.m. Loser 10 vs. Loser 5 PACC 1-Game 12
2 p.m. Winner 7 vs. Winner 8 PWMS 1-Game 17-Championship
2 p.m. Loser 7 vs. Loser 8 PWMS 2-Game 15-Third Place
3 p.m. Loser 9 vs. Loser 10 PACC 2-Game 13-Fifth Consolation
4 p.m. Winner 11 vs. Winner 12 PWMS 1-Game 14-Consolation Champ
4 p.m. Loser 11 vs. Loser 12 PACC 1-Game 14-Third Consolation

Eighth Grade
April 3

Time Game Location
11 a.m. Perham vs. Fargo North PWMS 1- Game 1
11 a.m. Henning vs. Moorhead LC PWMS 2-Game 2
11 a.m. Moorhead Outlaws vs. Wahpeton PACC 1-Game 3
11 a.m. Fargo Fire vs. Minnewaska PACC 2-Game 4
2 p.m. Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 PWMS 1-Game 5
2 p.m. Winner 3 vs. Winner 4 PWMS 2-Game 6
2 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 1-Game 7
2 p.m. Loser 3 vs. Loser 4 PACC 2-Game 8
4 p.m. Winner 5 vs. Winner 6 PWMS 1-Game 12-Championship
4 p.m. Loser 5 vs. Loser 6 PWMS 2-Game 10-Third Place
4 p.m. Winner 7 vs. Winner 8 PACC 1-Game 11-Consolation
4 p.m. Loser 7 vs. Loser 8 PACC 2-Game 9-Seventh Place

Ninth Grade
April 2

Time Game Location
5 p.m. Hawley vs. Detroit Lakes PACC 1-Game 1
5 p.m. Moorhead vs. Parkers Prairie PACC 2-Game 2
5 p.m. Perham vs. New York Mills PWMS 1-Game 3
5 p.m. Brainerd vs. Moorhead Black PWMS 2-Game 4
6 p.m. Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 PACC 1-Game 5
6 p.m. Winner 3 vs. Winner 4 PWMS 1-Game 6
6 p.m. Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 PACC 2- Game 7
6 p.m. Loser 3 vs. Loser 4 PWMS 2- Game 8
8 p.m. Winner 5 vs. Winner 6 PWMS 2-Game 12-Championship
8 p.m. Loser 5 vs. Loser 6 PACC 1-Third Place
8 p.m. Winner 7 vs. Winner 8 PWMS 1-Consolation
8 p.m. Loser 7 vs. Loser 8 PACC 2-Seventh Place

***All times Subject to Change***
PACC--Perham Area Community Center
PWMS--Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium
HOTL-Heart of the Lakes Elementary School gymnasium

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